Budget 2015 and immigration statement

Budget 2015 and immigration statement

 (8 July 2015)

Statement by Professor Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government at Durham University on today’s budget speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP:

“Today’s announcement leaves many questions unanswered and stones unturned.

The Budget is 123 pages long, but has only one mention of ‘immigration’. It is used once to refer to non-doms. This is not enough.

This is surprising from a government that claims to take immigration seriously. There is no mention of borders or Calais. At a time of increasing pressures on public services, the government should be looking to reintroduce a Migration Impacts Fund through a new surcharge on visa applications. This is an opportunity lost.

The newly rebranded living wage might make the UK more attractive to increased migration. This policy aimed at a domestic audience may have an impact beyond our borders and raise new headaches for achieving reduced net migration.”